Originally Posted by Grid
well we HAVE made progress.. just not in the department we would really like to. Our pass protection has really improved this year. REALLY improved. Last year if you remember, Carr was limited to 3 step drops 90% of the time.. this year he has actually had time in the pocket quite often.
The only place we have gone backwards is run blocking, which is very important. But, there is more than just zone blocking that is effecting our run blocking right now.. we have 2 new linemen.. Todd Wade, and Seth Wand.. and an Oline, more than any other aspect of the game, has GOT TO WORK TOGETHER.. and it takes time and reps for an Oline to learn to work together effectively. So.. we have a completely new blocking scheme that none of our linemen have any real experience with, and we have 2 new Olinemen, one of which is pretty much a rookie (and playing the most important position on the line).. and despite that we still managed to drastically improve our pass protection.
The run blocking will come.. it will just take time and more experience with the scheme.. and possibly a different RB, we will see.
I thought the oline had a pretty good first half last night in terms of protection, but not a great second half. However, you are just plain wrong that the line has made progress this year in pass blocking. In ten games this year, the Texans have allowed 27 sacks. All of last year, they allowed 36. At the current rate of 2.7 sacks per game, they will have allowed 43 by the end of this year, assuming the same pace. While I ackolwedge that not all sacks are the fault of the line, the same could be said of last year, so I think the stats speak for themselves. At the VERY best, you could say it's not alot worse that last year. But, I don't think a legit argument can be made that they are at all better.